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August 9, 2006

Whatever Happened to Free Speech?

Mel Gibson's recent DUI arrest during which he spewed anti-Semitic remarks has raised massive outrage in Hollywood and the media. Gibson, known for his roles in such movies as _The Patriot_ and _What Women Want_, has in fact become the poster child for Political Correctness. So much for Hollywood's love affair with free speech.

Welcome to the Gray Zone, Mel.(1) Toe the party line, and heaven help you if you have "unapproved" thoughts. Friends, family, and associates will quickly distance themselves from you and even stab you in the back if there's something in it for them.

Sadly, many of those screaming about Gibson's rantings are merely "professional victims," opportunistically taking advantage of the situation in an effort to keep the cash registers ringing for themselves and their organizations.

Jackie Mason (yes, that Jackie Mason) takes the ADL to task in a recent Newsmax article.(2) Says the comedian about Gibson's attackers:

"[Abraham] Foxman, this head of the ADL [Anti-Defamation League] -- another fake from top to bottom.... Let's be honest about it -- anybody who makes a life out of fighting racism in effect has to blow up racism in order to justify himself in his job he has. Otherwise he'd have to go to work. Otherwise he'd have to get up in the morning and get a real job."

Thank you, Jackie.

While we at JPFO disagree vehemently with the comments attributed to Gibson, the fact remains that we support his right to say it. This is a Bill of Rights Culture at work, where everyone has a right to their opinion ... just as we have a right to disagree with it.

In fact, Gibson may wish to look at the silver lining of this particular cloud. For one, he can use this as a platform to speak out against bigotry. It would be rather difficult for opportunists like Foxman to continue their onslaught under such circumstances.

More importantly, however, this is the perfect opportunity for Gibson to promote the Bill of Rights -- ALL of the Bill of Rights, for ALL citizens. With his celebrity status, people will listen to him and hopefully realize that the Bill of Rights isn't a buffet: you can't just pick and choose which rights you want to "allow" while stifling the rest.

Ironically, the Bill of Rights which confirms Gibson's right of free speech was -- as we all know -- written(3) after America defeated the British in the Revolutionary War. A war that was financed to a large degree by merchant, banker, and "Sons of Liberty" member Haym Solomon ... a Jew.(4)

- The Liberty Crew

(3) Ratified on December 15, 1791. Visit for more information


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